Summer is in full swing and with that in mind our homeschooling has been a little more relaxed. In fact, I thought this was an opportune time to add in some handicrafts. With fall coming we will need more watercolors so we made some a few weeks ago, you can read more here: DIY Watercolors. This week I started putting together our nature journals which we also made ourselves! I thought this would be a fun and practical idea for a handicraft.
If your interest in creating your own DIY Nature Journal then keep reading.
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I purchased these exact supplies in bulk as it was the least expensive way over all. The nature journal template that I created is 25 pages but I used both front and back, making the most of all the paper.
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You will need…
- 100 Sheets White Watercolor Paper Bulk Pack Cold Press Ready Cut for Artists or Students, 6 by 9 Inches
- Sax Book Making Chipboard Cover, 6 X 9 in, Pack of 24
- MOMODA 25Pieces Bookbinding Starter Tools Set Bone Folder Paper Creaser Waxed Linen Thread Wood Handle Awl Ruler Large-eye Needles for DIY Crafts Kit Handmade Books Bookbinding and Sewing Supplies
- Lineco Neutral pH Neutral Liquid Adhesive, White, 4 oz.
- Glue the cover on the chipboard and compress it under heavybooks or a weight that will hold it flat.
- Use your back chipboard as a template. Measure 1/4 inch down from the top and 1/4 inch in. Mark off three separate holes measuring 3/4 inch apart.
- Thread three separate needles, trust me this will make it easier for you.
- Start at the top hole of your first bottom piece of paper, make a loop, and tie it off.
- Come up under the bottom chipboard, pierce through the hole and then pull the needle under the thread of the top piece of paper.
- Repeat this step with different needles for the remaining holes.
- Add the next piece of paper. Peirce through the hole, wrap under the thread of piece of paper that is below the newly added paper.
- Continue doing this for each hole and until all papers are added.
- To add the top cover it is similar to the bottom. Create a loop, tie it off, then connect to the paper below by looping under the thread but this time loop under a few times before tying it off.
- You can choose to keep the thread visible or cover it with wide/crafting tape.
If you needed a visual demonstration then watch it on my You Tube Channel here: DIY Nature Journal Video Tutorial
If book binding using thread and a needle is too much for you, consider a spiral book binding machine.
- Print the cover on high gloss paper.
- Print the remaining Nature Journal pages on 100 to 140 lb cold press watercolor paper.
- Place Chipboard on bottom, Nature Journal pages on top of bottom chipboard, then place top chipboard, at last place high gloss cover on the very top.
- Punch holes and spiral bind per machine instructions.
Nature Study is a brilliant way to teach your child a living science. Think of all the areas of science you can cover just by simply taking your children outside and exploring nature, plant and animal life, ecology, geology, earth science to name a few. A nature journal goes hand in hand with a nature study.
Do you want to add Nature Study in your homeschool?